i am waiting for the one moment that changes everything.
Jen Floyd Engel (Read the article here.)
Anonymous asked: What role do church & religion play in your life?
That’s an interesting question. I don’t really know how to answer that. I’ve answered the “Do you believe in God?” question and a few other faith based questions before so I’ll try to pull from some of that.
I grew up going to a Lutheran church with my family. I’ve been baptized, and had communion. The easy answer to this would be yes it plays a role in my life, but it’s something much more complicated than that. I believe there is a God, and that Jesus existed, but I struggle with having trust and faith in Him. I struggle with His view of what is fair and just. To be honest, I’ve been in a Church four times in the last year, two for a funeral, one for a memorial, and once with an old friend’s Mom. I don’t think to believe in God or be a Christian you have to go to Church. God is in your heart, not necessarily in a building. Some of the most corrupt things have happened in Churches, so maybe sometimes the best kind of worship can happen privately.
I believe in God and Jesus without a shadow of a doubt. I don’t know if that means religion plays a role in my life. I don’t really know what to say about religion in general these days. There’s a lot of things I don’t agree with that people do in the name of “Christianity”, when it is in fact the furthest thing from being Christian like. I don’t want to be associated with people that picket military funerals, have protests against gay marriage, and tell people they’re going to hell. We do not have the right to judge. God does, and we are not the gatekeepers.
Simply, I believe. I struggle with faith and my lack of it. And I’m working on that. I’m trying to figure out something that I never will because God hasn’t asked for our understanding. He’s asked for hearts, trust, faith, and loyalty. So I am also working on accepting that although I may not understand I have to have faith that it is the right thing.
I hope that makes sense.